Thursday, September 6, 2012


We are running a new monthly series called HAIRSPIRATIONS, spotlighting Naturalistas who inspire us to embrace our natural curls, kinks and coils.

Meet Rachael, our very first Hairspirations Spotlight Diva.

How long have you been natural?
All my life.

Have you ever felt pressured to relax your hair?
I actually like my hair better curly.  I used to get my hair pressed and blown out.  I ended up having to big chop 5 inches of hair, because of a stylist who overdid it with heat and who did not use a heat protectant. 

Why do you think that there is a movement to go natural now, and what do you think of that movement?
There was an article linking relaxers to cancer that I read.  I think that had a lot to do with it.  Women don’t want a bunch of chemicals in their hair anymore. 
Also, there are so many women who are natural, that it’s easier to go natural these days.  Its like, “I love your hair.  I can do that too!” 
On top of that, the economy is bad.  People just don’t have money to get their hair done like they used to. 
I think that going natural is a good thing.  You should embrace your hair and have fun with it.

What is your regimen?
Well, for the summer I co-wash my hair every day.  At night I normally put conditioner in my hair, put a shower cap on, and tie a scarf over that.  In the morning, my hair is mostly detangled.  I then wet it in the shower, add some Devacurl conditioner and finger detangle, shake and go.

What are some hair tips for new naturals?
I think that a lot of naturals cut their hair and are disappointed with the curls that they have.  They cut it thinking that their curls are going to be something else.  Or they go looking for the perfect product which is going to give them curls that they don’t have.  They may not realize that there are so many things that shorter hair can do that longer hair can’t.  Plus their hair is so much easier to manage then longer hair may be.  They should embrace the curls that they have and have fun with them.

What are some hair tips for women who have been natural for a while?
Don’t get stuck in a rut.  When women first big chop, there is so much excitement in learning about their hair and finding new ways to do their hair.  Try to find that excitement again with your hair.    

What are your favorite products?
Anything DevaCurl.

Where can we follow your journey?

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  1. I love it! Great Rachael! Wish I was natural all my life lol